One of the main reasons we chose Bali as a destination were pictures of Alila Villas Uluwatu in a travel magazine (maybe a more appropriate title would have been ‘Confessions of a Hotel Junky’ ;-)). The risk of choosing holidays like this of course is that photos can be rather misleading – luckily, this was not the case for Alila Villas Uluwatu – one of the most stunning hotels we have stayed at!
Built on a hillside, the hotel offers dramatic views over the rough Indian Ocean underneath – best enjoyed from the Sunset Cabana that overhangs the cliff!
Watching the ever changing cloud formations over the deep blue sea was absolutely magical!
The cutting edge, modern architecture of this eco friendly hotel is nothing less than spectacular – by harnessing natural stone, wood and rattan, it beautifully blends into its surroundings!
The pool area is lined with comfortable loungers that overlook the beautiful infinity pool, perched along the cliff edge.
The many water features throughout the hotel had an immediate calming effect – from the reception area where we enjoyed a cooling welcome drink upon arrival to the far away ocean, our eyes were led by different shades of blue.
At night the hotel was beautifully lit throughout which created dramatic reflections on the various water features.
Alila Villas Uluwatu has two fine dining restaurants on site – Warung which offers traditional Indonesian cuisine and Cire (pictured above) that combines East Asian flavours with Western cooking techniques. Both restaurants offer indoor as well as outdoor seating with views over the ocean!
An absolute highlight of our stay was a romantic 5 course dinner in one of the cliff edge cabanas! Our menu started with Indian Ocean yellow fin tuna which was followed by Mediterranean octopus and baby squid. For mains we were served Steamed Barramundi fillet and Seared Iberia pork pluma and for a lovely ending we had a delicious coffee and banana souffle. After this very indulgent dinner we were glad to hop onto one of the little golf carts that brought us back to our private Ocean Pool Villa.
The private Ocean Pool Villas are built further up on the hillside with the highest villas offering the best uninterrupted views. The outside pool area was all we could wish for – the pool was large enough to have a few laps and the relaxation cabana was perfect for lounging in. On some days we even had a wild monkey visiting, with his favourite spot in the tree next to the cabana.
Our one bedroom Villa was incredibly spacious. It had an indoor lounging area with views of the outdoor space, a very comfortable king size bed, indoor and outdoor showers, a bathtub, separate sinks for him and her, Alila Villas’ own organic signature products that included sunscreen and insect repellent (which sadly wasn’t very effective – mosquitos just love me way too much), a coffee machine, iPod as well as a mini iPad.
The fruit in the room was changed daily with some exotic fruit that I had never tried before.
To fully appreciate Indonesian cuisine we mainly ate at Warung – specialising in dishes from Bali, Java Padang and Manado, it made for interesting taste sensations.
Warung has a long communal table inside as well as private tables outside – most impressive, however, was the beautiful open kitchen.
We very much enjoyed Warung’s outdoor tables and the refreshing gin and tonics before lunch.
Complimentary crackers came with a variety of sauces, some of which were seriously spicy – but thankfully came with a word of warning 😉
An absolute favourite of mine were the chicken satay
They were served with the most delicious peanut sauce, small rice cakes as well as a small salad.
We also liked the Samuel be tongkol – Tuna salad with shallot and lemongrass dressing.
As well as the Mia Goring – fried egg noodle with lamb (that could also be ordered with either prawns or chicken instead).
For even more relaxation I tended to enjoy a cup of tea in one of the pool side cabanas after lunch.
Alila Villas Uluwatu is rather secluded with the main tourist spots of Seminyak and Ubud only reachable by car. We therefore mainly stayed at the resort to relax and make use of the pool and spa facilities as well as the free yoga classes. The hotel also offered a well equipped 24 hour gym, however, the only outburst of activity at the hotel was a walk down the hundreds of steps to the beach below.
It is recommended to inquire about the tide before going down and to bring plenty of water as the walk/hike back up is rather tough. That said, it was absolutely worth the effort – the beach was stunning and completely empty!
Panting, sweaty and hot I immediately tried to book a massage at the spa where they were rather concerned about my health 😉 Massages in Bali are certainly one of the best and I cannot recommend them enough!
Daily breakfast was perfect – to me the most important meal of the day – it offered fresh fruit, pastry, smoothies and the most delicious little savoury and sweet dishes to choose from. I have already raved about breakfast at their sister property Alila Villas Soori in a previous post, which was just as good!
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The small library on site had a lovely selection of books to choose from – a nice and quiet place that also served as a little office and printing facility for guests.
The beautiful architecture, stunning views, changing colours and delicious food certainly made for a most memorable stay!